Evolve Housing + Support

A place of positive change and growth

We are a leading homelessness charity in London providing supported housing for homeless people, working with 2000 people each year. We provide a solution to homelessness through shelter, support and advice to over 600 people each day, who would otherwise be homeless across four London Boroughs.

Our purpose

To make a lasting difference to lives and communities.

What we believe in

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Get the basics right

Believe in people

Embrace diversity

Be ambitious

Empower others

We are

Honest We treat homeless, vulnerable people and staff fairly, with respect and with an unconditional positive regard.

Inclusive We enable our customers to play a key role in defining and designing the work we do. We develop our managers not to just manage, but to lead their teams.

Optimistic We don’t pass judgement on customer or staff potential simply based on where they are in their lives at this point in time.

Determined We ensure that customers and staff have a solid skills foundation to build their future development on.

Creative We provide a pathway of opportunity to support customers and staff to achieve their full potential, whatever that may be.

Passionate We believe that every customer and staff member has the potential to make significant contributions to the organisation, sector, and community; be that through paid employment or volunteering their time.

Key people

Karen CooperChair of the BoardKaren Cooper
Andrew LoweBoard memberAndrew Lowe
David ShrimptonBoard memberDavid Shrimpton
Visakha Sri ChandrasekeraChair of Audit Committee Visahka Sri Chandrasekera
Philippa ThomasBoard memberPhilippa Thomas
Rebecca PritchardBoard memberevolveportraits1171651
Isabel SanchezBoard memberevolveportraits1171657
Diana ComanDiana Coman
Simon McGrathSimon McGrath
David CartonAudit Committee Memberdavid-carton
Jeremy GrayChief ExecutiveJeremy Gray
Lee BussDirector of OperationsLee Buss
Jenny StrudwickDirector of Corporate ServicesSLYMCA4121417751
Alice HainsworthDirector of Business DevelopmentAlice Hainsworth
Jackie ElvinHead of Human ResourcesSLYMCA291152907
Hannah GastonHead of Operationsevolve-staff_hannah-gaston
Debra IvesHead of OperationsDebra Ives
Crystala menteeCrystal mentoring our customers
Browndonfrom Beacon HouseBrowndon our customers
Haroldfrom Alexandra HouseHarold our customers
Ianfrom Keystone HouseIan our customers
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Meganfrom Ingram CourtMegan our customers
Nicolefrom Emily HouseNicole our customers
Patriciafrom Palmer HousePatricia our customers
Samfrom Burton-White HouseSam our customers
Sashafrom Fitze Millennium CentreSasha our customers
Stephaniefrom King George's HouseStephanie our customers

Our story

Our charity began as Croydon YMCA.  It was first formed in 1861 and formally launched in 1879.    We became South London YMCA when Croydon YMCA merged with the YMCA of Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. We also merged with Earls Court YMCA in 2013.  As a homelessness charity in London, we have always provided somewhere for homeless people to not only live but to gain skills, employment and ultimately thrive.

We now work with homeless and vulnerable people both north and south of the Thames in the London Boroughs of Bromley, Croydon, and Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Wandsworth and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Kingston-Upon-Thames. Our customers and staff include people of all ages, men and women, and people with a rich diversity of faiths and backgrounds and we have evolved our vision and values through everyone’s view of our organisation.  We rebranded in September 2015- becoming Evolve Housing + Support.

In 2017, we successfully merged with Grenfell Housing and Training.